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    I'm a biochemist, and for the last 10 years I've...

    I'm a biochemist, and for the last 10 years I've been at a large pharmaceutical company working in early phase 'drug discovery'. My job involves designing experiments to understand the mechanism of...
  2. Not me, but I'm in Rochester for the holiday and...

    Not me, but I'm in Rochester for the holiday and if it were still available, I'd be all over it (not my size but for parting out).
  3. I acquired only one bike this year. It's a Jeff...

    I acquired only one bike this year. It's a Jeff Lyon custom that I ordered in October, 2013 and took delivery of in June of this year. I had so many other projects going on and rides to ride this...
  4. Ah, ok, that illustration really drives the...

    Ah, ok, that illustration really drives the concept home, thanks. I'll check to see how far the spoke end is from the nipple head in the current wheel. I may just pony up for new spokes.
  5. How safe to re-use spokes on new rim with 4mm larger ERD?

    I want to replace a rim with another while keeping the hub laced to the existing spokes. The new rim's ERD is 4mm larger. This means the spokes will have 2mm less threads threaded. Will this be a...
  6. Are you talking about cable guides?

    Are you talking about cable guides?
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    I just met Chuck and his wife for the first time...

    I just met Chuck and his wife for the first time this past summer while in SD for my work.

    Curits, I've been following your work on flickr for a long time... great stuff! Very impressive. I...
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    They're all public roads, but signage is poor and...

    They're all public roads, but signage is poor and many roads are unmarked and unmaintained. You'd need to find a cue sheet (available if you search around ridewithgps.com) and a map, and bring a...
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    I have a bunch of bags that I switch out...

    I have a bunch of bags that I switch out depending on the bike and what I need to bring along on a particular ride.

    Here's my Acorn Boxy bag, which I use if I have to pack a lot of layers for a...
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    I rode a little bit of the D2R2 with Peter Weigle...

    I rode a little bit of the D2R2 with Peter Weigle two summers ago after we had gotten to know each other through a dynamo lighting collaboration we did on a couple of his bikes. We started the ride...
  11. You can source first gen Shimano 105 downtube...

    You can source first gen Shimano 105 downtube shifters pretty inexpensively on the big auction site if you want to keep your indexing old-skool. They are 6-speed indexed and work great. The...
  12. Ah, okay, I do remember a mutual friend talking...

    Ah, okay, I do remember a mutual friend talking about this bike. Nice conversion! I just hope our mutual friend hasn't replaced that pretty Jubilee mech with an IGH. ;)
  13. I never saw your Mercian, whether in person or in...

    I never saw your Mercian, whether in person or in pics, Neal. Is that still in your fleet?
  14. Depends. This will double the ME and therefore...

    Depends. This will double the ME and therefore double the pull, correct? Will you have enough lever travel? Are you only using half of your available travel currently?
  15. Yes, this is true, but some frames have such...

    Yes, this is true, but some frames have such generous clearances and require long-reach brakes before conversion, making the reach too long after. I converted a new Soma to 650B for my wife, and the...
  16. PM sent on the Campy Rally RD.

    PM sent on the Campy Rally RD.
  17. What's the rake on that fork, Neal? Seems to take...

    What's the rake on that fork, Neal? Seems to take low trail to the next level!
  18. Here's my standard rundown for assessing a frame...

    Here's my standard rundown for assessing a frame for 650B conversion, with the basic assumption that you expect to be able to take full advantage of plumpy tires, somewhere in the 40mm range.

    1....
  19. Yep, I am. I'm the guy up in the western end of...

    Yep, I am. I'm the guy up in the western end of the Catskills, near Andes. I only get there a few times a year but get in as much riding there as I can.
  20. Hard to know if I'm upside-down on any of my...

    Hard to know if I'm upside-down on any of my bikes, and hard to evaluate what upside down really means out of the context of purchase loans, like for a house. I mean, most things we purchase put us...
  21. Ha! That's crazy inventive! It's to GPS...

    Ha! That's crazy inventive! It's to GPS navigation what the abacus is to the calculator! I'd love to roll up to the start of a brevet with one... do you get a lot of comments about it?

    Off topic,...
  22. I think comfort with respect to shifter placement...

    I think comfort with respect to shifter placement is probably very variable depending on hand size, riding position, etc. It took me a long time to dial in the placement of my 8-speed bar-ends / Paul...
  23. Right. Like how it's acceptable to refer to a...

    Right. Like how it's acceptable to refer to a rear dropout as a fork end.

    We should start a thread on cycling misnomers!
  24. The Sturmey Archer sense is the wrong sense.

    The Sturmey Archer sense is the wrong sense.
  25. Here are a couple of minor mods I've done, but...

    Here are a couple of minor mods I've done, but nothing as impressive as some of the ones described in this thread so far--

    You can increase the max cog size an RD can handle by replacing the...
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